I had planned on releasing this series of art centered on Darth Vader, to celebrate the release of a video game. However since that game is absolutely terrible, I am now celebrating the forthcoming film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi!
When I was a kid the characters that were the focus of my art, imagination and obsession for toys were folks like Superman, Captain Kirk and so forth. You know – good guys.
Except for one other obsession: The Dark Lord of the Sith.
Much to my parents chagrin, I would memorize and recite the lines of Darth Vader from the film (rather than Luke Skywalker) while playing with my latest treasure from the folks at Kenner.
Luke was cool, certainly, but Vader was who I wanted to be.
When I started my training in theatre and learned of the great tragic heroes of literature, I immediately felt a sense of relief and told my parents as much. In my view tragic heroes can be admired more than the protagonist of a story, due to their complex depth.
At the end of the day, Superman is going to fight for truth, justice and be an all-around nice guy. Darth Vader is a bit more complex. At the end of the day, Vader may just give you a verbal warning about your failure, rather than choke you to death. Then a few moments later, he’ll plead to his long lost son to form a union that will over throw tyranny and bring “order” to the galaxy. When that doesn’t work? He’ll just glance once more over his shoulder, then walk off the bridge to go hang in his room.
If there was ever a dream character to play in film, it would be Darth Vader. I am thankful that the Mouse-Powers-That-Be have brought this beloved character back to the screen in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and I sincerely hope they do it again and again, with future stories in a galaxy, far, far away.
As always, my tragic hero thanks to Trey Moore for his willingness to suit up and stand for a long time, while I mess with the lights for an eternity 🙂
Photography and Photoshop Art: Reality Reimagined
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